LA GRANDE — The Pendleton volleyball team stepped away from its league schedule on Thursday night to take on La Grande for the second time this season.
But the Tigers were wanting some revenge, with the Buckaroos winning 3-0 in Pendleton on Sept. 7, and this time handed the Buckaroos a 3-0 loss, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14. After Pendleton’s unbeaten start, the Buckaroos (10-4 overall, 5-1 CRC) now fall to 3-4 in their past seven games.
“We fell apart fundamentally tonight,” Pendleton coach Amanda Lapp said. “(We were) making adjustments too late and playing tense ... We’re going to work hard tomorrow and Monday to get back into our groove and solidify what we’ve been working toward all season.”
Maureen Davies was the team’s leader in kills for the match with eight, and Elisabeth House followed with four. Aspen Garton had a team-high six digs as she again moved from her spot as a defensive specialist to libero on Thursday night and played well, Lapp said.
Pendleton will next travel back to Hood River to take on the Eagles for the rubber match of the three-game series on Tuesday evening.
CULVER 3, WESTON-MCEWEN 0 — At Athena, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots battled hard but came up short against Culver in a Columbia Basin Conference match on Thursday night, with the Bulldogs winning 25-15, 25-17, 25-19.
“We started flat and then took awhile to get going,” Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White said. “We got to get a little bit tougher and start to extend those moments when we’re playing well. But Culver played a great game, and they didn’t give up many points and made us earn every one. There was some great volleyball tonight.”
Alyssa Finifrock was Weston-McEwen’s (13-9 overall, 2-3 CBC) leading hitter with seven kills, five aces and three blocks, while Hailey Weaver had six kills and three blocks. Bryce Thul tallied 16 assists and a pair of aces and Chelsea Quaempts finished with 11 digs.
Weston-McEwen next plays on Saturday against St. Paul and Kennedy at Sherman County High School.
COVE 3, HELIX 1 — At Cove, the Helix Grizzlies had their seven-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Cove Leopards on Thursday night, falling 25-23, 19-25, 28-30, 21-25. The loss drops Helix (15-6 overall, 6-3 OOL) into third place in the Old Oregon League standings.
Helix next plays on Saturday as they hit the road to take on Wallowa at 1 p.m. and Joseph at 3 p.m.
POWDER VALLEY 3, NIXYAAWII 0 — At North Powder, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles dropped their fifth consecutive match on Thursday evening, falling to Powder Valley 25-11, 25-7, 25-14.
Nixyaawii (1-8 overall, 1-8 OOL) next plays on Saturday at Wallowa at 11 a.m.
LA GRANDE 4, PENDLETON 0 — At Pendleton, the Buckaroos were shut out for the second consecutive game as the La Grande Tigers won 4-0 on Thursday evening in non-league action.
Pendleton (1-6-1, 0-2 CRC) next plays on Tuesday when it travels to Hermiston for a 4:30 p.m. start.